Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thursday's Question Is About Santa Claus



Hello Friends and Family! Christmas is just a few days away. I hope everyone is ready!! I am as ready as I will ever be! And ready to move on too!

Today's question is about Santa Claus! I love the jolly old man myself. And I am a believer!

If you are a parent, did you help your kids believe in Santa? If you are not a parent, did you help parents you know to perpetrate the myth of Santa? Is it harmful for kids to be told about Santa? Or is it really just a simple fun way to celebrate Christmas? Share with us your thoughts on Santa Claus.

And Merry Christmas to all!

28 comments:

  1. I never believed in Santa as a kid. I thought he was creepy. Never told my boys he brings gifts. But you wouldn't know that visiting my house. There are over 60 Santa statues and ornaments sitting out. And many more still in boxes. I love being Santa for my family.

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    1. Creepy! I never felt that way, I guess. I liked being Santa when the kids were younger!

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    2. Actually, I think it was the store Santa my parents took me to see. I never got over it. He was creepy.

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    3. I have seen a few that I have thought were creepy as an adult!

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  2. We grew up believing in Santa, but by 8 years old, I figured out it was my mom being Santa Claus. When we had our kids, we decided not to do the Santa thing with gifts, explaining as we could with language they understand at the time, not to tell their friends that Santa was their parents, but every year we did go and see Santa and get a picture taken with him, which I used to gauge how much they had grown from year to year.

    This year this has been a quandry for us because step grand daughter at 11 years old still believes in Santa, the whole thing of it, leaving cookies for him, leaving a list, etc. She has been asking us at times if we believe in Santa and we've been "dodging the bullet" with our answers except for our son who has come out and told her about Saint Nick, but basically said no Santa Claus. We don't feel its our place to tell her the truth, but I feel as she will be 12 years old next Christmas and in the 7th grade where kids can be so cruel, that this might be the last year that her mom lets her believe all she believes about him otherwise I think she'll be teased about it next year.

    Merry Christmas!

    betty

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    1. I'm surprised an 11 year old would still believe but it should be up to her mother to tell her, I guess. It is just a fun thing to do with kids. But some kids believe it is lying to them.

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  3. My parents told me all about Santa and I believed in him until I was about 10. Friends at school told me he wasn't real and when I asked my parents, they wouldn't lie to me. I was upset for a while, but got over it. I had amazing parents! Pretty much the same thing happened with my children.

    I hope you and your family have a very Blessed & Merry Christmas!

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    1. That is how I was with my kids. When they asked I told them the truth!

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    1. That is a good thing for a sweater to say! "smile"

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  5. I have no opinion. My parents did the Santa thing. I figured it out on my own. I have no idea if my nephews believe. (My niece is now 15, so I think she's over it.) It's never come up in conversation.

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    1. I think a lot of kids figure it out on their own.

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  6. He's cute, but I don't ever recall believing in Santa Claus.
    Oh sure, there were the requisite photos, but my parents made sure I realized who, exactly, gave me what. (And, as I grew old enough, who to address my thank-you notes to!)
    The only 'nod' to the whiskered gent was an "Oh, look!" and a wink in the direction of my plastic stocking on Christmas morn.

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    1. Those thank you notes are a thing of the past too!

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  7. I believed in Santa when I was a little girl. David was raised with the idea of Santa, too. One year, when my daddy was facing a layoff from work, Mama told us the "real" deal because she didn't want us to be upset about Santa not bringing us anything when the other kids were getting presents. We did get presents that year afterall. I don't remember ever having a Christmas without presents as a child. I do remember after Mama told me the deal, I searched all over the house for presents. If I found them, then she was telling me the truth and there was no Santa. But, if I didn't find any presents hiding, then there was a chance than he really was real, regardless of what she said.

    We did the Santa thing with our own children. This was fine with all of the kids except for one. Our baby girl was mad as a rattler when she learned the truth and holds it against us that we "lied" to her. She thinks Santa is a creepy pervert watching kids sleeping, etc, and "who lets some strange man come down their chimney to wander about the house watching their kids?"

    Oh well. We can't win them all. We believe in being honest with the kids, but we never took this as lying to them. It was always just a magical part of childhood to us and we carried it forward, but also teaching our children the true meaning of Christmas, that Jesus is the reason for the season.

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. I never looked at the whole Santa thing as lying either. The grandkids and I had a talk recently about that and two of three did see it as us lying to them. Interesting, huh!

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    2. Yes, very interesting! Were those two mad about it, too?

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  8. Hi Paula - I believed, yet not I suspect, but we put notes up the chimney with a lit fire - they got half way up before they burnt up ... so we never knew Santa never received them! Not having kids I went along with the myth or just didn't alter the family's status quo re Father Christmas ... cheers Hilary

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    1. That is an interesting tradition to burn the notes. I can see how kids would believe they were magically getting to Santa!

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  9. We believed growing up and I don't recall how or when we discovered the truth. I feel this belief is part of the charm and the wonder of early childhood that should be experienced. The realities of life start soon enough. I taught 2nd grade - ages 6-7 - and it was a big controversy among the students with some believing and some not. As the matured they outgrew that fanciful thinking and I always thought it was a bit sad to see that belief slip away. Hopefully it is replaced with the true meaning and spirit of Christmas.

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    1. I didn't much believe when we were growing up. My grandmother made sure of that. She let us know the year my dad died that mom was Santa and that there wasn't enough money for "foolish" things I see nothing wrong with kids believing!

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    2. How very sad to lose both your daddy and Santa Claus. :(

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  10. Santa was a black man who drove the garbage truck, remember?

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  11. Well I'm coming late to this party but come on people...Santa is nothing but good folklore to share with your children and teach them the spirit of Christmas Love. And if I may rant a bit.....I knew a parent that said they would not teach their child that "lying" was okay by telling them about Santa or the Tooth Fairy but felt it was perfectly okay to instruct their child to lie about their age if it were going to get them discounts into movies or amusement parks....What the heck??!!

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    1. Isn't that the truth!! I loved your rant!!

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